Cheap Backsplash Ideas: Painting Tileboard

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    1. Thanks, Joe. I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. When I started, I wasn’t sure if it would work. It turned out pretty well, and was a heck of a lot cheaper than replacing the backsplash. Also, I had a lot of fun doing it, not to mention a certain sense of pride in my own achievement. Thanks for reading MHL.

  1. I would like to replace the original cabinet in my single wide home; 1997 Fleetwood. My friend is re-doing her kitchen and giving me all of her cabinets…she has some of the coolest real wood. lazy suzan. I would like to know pulling out the original ones that are practically paneling material. Do I have to sand them down before installing them? I would have to adjust some of the sizes but willing to have real wood vs panel. she is also giving me her laminate countertops that are in excellent conditions. Thoughts please!!!

    1. If you like the way the cabinet look that your friend gave you you shouldn’t have to sand them at all but if you plan on re-staining or painting them anytime soon may be best to do it before you install them on the wall.

      Best of luck!

  2. Hi Pam….Would love to see more pictures of your home. My husband and I sold our big house and are looking for an older single wide that we can make our own. I am wanting a front kitchen like it looks like you have, that is very important to me. So, if you feel like sharing more of your style and your home, I would love to see it. Thank you for sharing about the tile board. Yours looks fabulous!!

    1. Hi Pamela, thank you for your kind words. Keep reading MHL, I have more articles on the way. Ours is a ’75 Marshfield 14 X 60 (I misspoke in my bio, it’s actually 840 SF, not 864…opps). The kitchen is at the front with a ‘bay’ window (which my orchids love). It’s opens right into the living area. As far as style, I am a huge fan of the Doc Martin show (BBC) which takes place in Cornwall, UK. I fell in love with the cottages as depicted on the show…and guess what, they are long, narrow and have low ceilings…sound familiar? I spent a lot of time on Pinterest looking at pics of Cornish Cottages (which I found a bit too fussy as it turns out). I started looking at Scandanavian (too stark), so I combined elements from both styles to suit myself.
      With the small space, and rooms flowing into one another, I kept the colors neutral and calm. I feel it makes the space look larger. Also, keeping elements of both rooms (kitchen and living room) in harmony with one another is easier on my eye.
      I’m having a blast remodeling this home. Since we are on a shoestring budget, I have to get creative with my solutions….which is really a lot of fun.

  3. Love these tips! Your project turned out great! I am all about doing things yourself and working with what you have! I am a stay at home mom (of 3 boys) and live by the rule “work with what you have (beautifully)!”

    1. Hi Holly, Thanks for reading MHL, I’m glad you liked the article. Hubby and I are seniors (and hubby is disabled) and we have to work within a very strict budget. I find the creative challenge of how to solve a design or decorating problem within that budget to be very self satisfying. Good Luck to you, and the boys.